New Delhi :
The All Indian Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) has formed a team of three forensic doctors to conduct the second autopsy of four persons accused of gangrape and murder of a veterinarian doctor near Hyderabad, who were killed in an alleged police encounter on December 6.
The team will be led by Dr Sudhir Gupta, head of forensic at AIIMS. The other two doctors in the team are Dr Adarsh Kumar and Dr Abhishek Yadav. Dr Varun Chandra will assist the team in the post-mortem examination.
The second autopsy will be conducted by the team in the mortuary of the state-run Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad on December 23 at 9 am, an AIIMS communique to Telangana special chief secretary stated.
“The medical board will depart for Telangana on Dec 22 and 5.15 pm and will be coming back on Dec 23,” a source said. The team has been formed after the Telangana High Court on Saturday directed re-postmortem of the bodies of four accused.
The bodies of the accused were preserved after pleas were filed alleging extra-judicial killing of the men and claiming it was a fake encounter.
A division bench directed that the autopsy be conducted before Dec 23 and the report be submitted to the Registrar General of the high court.
After the postmortem, the bodies can be handed over to the families of the four men. The doctors were advised to express an independent view on the basis of the evidence collected by them.
The four accused were arrested on Nov 29 for allegedly raping and killing the woman veterinarian and burning her body. The case triggered widespread protests across the country.
On Dec 6, they were gunned down by police at Chattanpalli when they were taken to the site of the offence for reconstruction of the crime scene for investigation. The “encounter” has come under legal scrutiny. The charred remains of the 25-year-old veterinarian were found on Nov 28.
The first post mortem was conducted on Dec 6, the day the four men were killed, in a state-run hospital in Mahabubnagar from where the bodies were subsequently shifted to Gandhi Hospital.